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Nice Rack is going Green

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Nice Rack is going Green! In an effort to be a more eco-friendly surf rack company,  We are now making surfboard wall racks using 100% recycled plastic. The goal is to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing surf racks by using recycled materials.

Nice Rack - storage racks for surf, snow, wake, and kite boards

Nice Rack - storage racks for surf, snow, wake, and kite boards

Nice Rack made the switch to recycled plastic earlier this year. Recycled plastic is actually less expensive than Virgin (non-recycled) materials. This made it a no-brainer to make the switch. It’s a win-win solution, we save money on materials while helping to reduce our impact on the environment.

The recycled plastic actually comes from the ‘runners’ or scrap pieces left over from the production process of injection-molded items. Rather, than just throw out these plastic pieces as waste, they are collected and re-processed into re-usable plastic resin pellets. We purchase these resin pellets from a Recycled Plastics vendor to use for the production of our surfboard racks.

While some manufacturers question the durability of recycled plastic, we have found only a marginal difference in strength when used for surfboard racks. While the recycled parts are not indestructible, they work sufficiently well for storing surfboards up to 9 ft. in length. The difference was not significant enough to notice and we figure our customers would much prefer Eco-friendly surf racks anyway.

Surfer, Shaper, and Engineer Darryl Matsui founded Nice Rack in 2005 in San Diego, California. Michael H. Russell, a San Diego Native with a passion for all things surf related, currently operates Nice Rack. Our mission is to provide reliable eco-friendly surfboard storage racks at an affordable price.

Originally designed as a surfboard storage rack, Nice Rack can also be used to store snowboards, wakeboards, and kite boards as well.

We have experienced incredible growth in the last year and look forward to expanding our marketing campaign’s reach to accommodate for the growing demand from action-sports enthusiasts.

ReRip: Reduce Reuse Reride Surfboards

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Surfing is a sport that inherently depends on Mother Earth. We bathe in her ocean, we play in her surf, and ultimately we’ve evolved as a culture that generally identifies with preserving the natural environment. However, there is a not so little known secret that surfboard manufacturing processes typically involve the use of toxic chemicals and materials that can be hazardous to our beloved environment and humans alike.rerip surfboards

So it was with great pleasure and surprise when I came across ReRip co-founder Lisa Carpenter at this years Sacred Craft expo in San Diego. Re-Rip is a fantastic organization that strives to reduce the impact surfing has on our environment by emphasizing the motto: Reduce, Reuse, and Reride.

Lisa explains, there is movement in the direction of ‘Green Friendly’ materials for the production of surfboards, unfortunately many of these ‘green’ products are dependent on the waste of other toxic materials. As stated on their website, “It’s a flawed system and far from sustainable and responsible. Ours is in an industry that prides itself on its connection to the Earth; hypocrisy at its finest. In 2008 alone, the surf industry racked up $7.22 Million in sales. So suffice it to say, there is money available to fund the appropriate research. No one has. Rerip shall.” (more…)